"Hug a Republican, make them feel good. In fact I'm going to go up and down the state to see if I can't hug Republicans and ... tell them, ‘We love you, but give us a break, let the people vote.' ”
—California Gov. Jerry Brown, in the Sacramento Bee, asking the California Hospital Association and a group of law enforcement officials to join him in an effort to persuade GOP state lawmakers to approve his budget deal.